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Summer at The Environmental Law Center

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The Environmental Law Center assembles an exciting collection of scholars, students, and distinguished visitors to think and learn about environmental law and policy during the most glorious period of the year in northern New England. Students attending the Summer Session program include:

  • Vermont Law School students, in particular those pursuing Masters or LLM degrees, and those enrolled in the VLS joint degree programs;
  • Students enrolled at other law schools and graduate institutions around the country and around the world;
  • Practicing attorneys;
  • Planners;
  • State and federal agency personnel;
  • Upper level undergraduate students, with the director's permission;
  • Teachers; and
  • Citizen advocates.

The approximately 25 courses offered each summer are taught by faculty from VLS and other schools, international law scholars, leaders of non-profit advocacy groups, and private practitioners. Whether a student is interested in a specific area of study—such as energy law, international environmental law, water law, land use law, or agricultural law—or wishes to pursue a multidisciplinary approach, the summer program offers a wide array of options. In addition, VLS brings four Distinguished Summer Scholars to campus for two-week stays, focusing on Environmental Law, Energy, International Environmental Law, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Several Media Fellows specializing in environmental issues also come to VLS each summer to take a course and share their insights. 



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Located on the bank of the scenic White River, VLS is an ideal location for students to both study and play in the summertime. Hiking, swimming, tubing, biking, and cookouts are just some of the many outdoor activities students enjoy while not in class. Students also take time to sample fine dining, arts, entertainment, and other cultural attractions available near the campus and in nearby cities and towns such as Montpelier, Burlington, Woodstock, and Hanover, NH. Students not only have an opportunity to relax and form lasting connections with one another, but also mingle with the expert lecturers who come to campus each summer. Local summer housing is available on campus and in the surrounding towns.

If you have questions about the VLS Summer Session, please contact Courtney Collins, Assistant Director of the Environmental Law Center, at



Vermont Law School students (including Masters, summer-only Masters, JD/Masters, and LLM degree students) need not apply to enroll in the summer session, but instead will register for courses starting in early April by following instructions distributed by the Registrar's Office. Non-VLS students, including auditors, should apply to the summer session using our online form.

The 2021 application will be available in late winter of 2021.



View our online catalog for full registration information. Non-VLS students, including auditors, will receive an email confirming setup of a personal VLS account and providing instructions on how to access this account. Students may then register for classes starting on their assigned dates:

VLS Masters, LLMs, & 2Ls: Registration opens April 1.
VLS 1Ls: Registration opens April 2.
Non-VLS Students: Registration opens April 8.

2021 Summer information is forthcoming. You can look over information from last summer here:
Download the Summer 2020 Catalog
First Assignments, Syllabi, and Book List
Add/Drop Period and Refund Policy (.pdf)


Hot Topics in Environmental Law

Throughout the summer, the summer faculty, distinguished scholars, media fellows, and others offer noon-time lectures on a wide range of current issues in environmental law. Vermont Bar Association Continuing Legal Education credit is available to members of the Vermont bar who attend the Hot Topics lectures. The 2021 Hot Topics will be presented in-person and virtually at

The 2021 Hot Topics series will be announced in May 2021. You can look over information from last summer here:
2020 Hot Topics in Environmental Law
View select Hot Topic Lectures on the VLS YouTube channel
Archived Recordings of 2015 - 2018 Hot Topic Lectures

Summer Resources

Looking for a place to stay? Recreational Activities? Transportation? Check out the following helpful links.

Summer Housing
Hotels, Inns, and B&Bs
Transportation Options
Map and Directions


Degree Information

Please note that Summer Session registration is not an application to the MELP or LLM degree programs. The links below provide information for those seeking admittance to the degree programs, including the summer's-only masters degree option.

Summer's-only Masters
Degree Programs
Online Degrees